Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 11/5/17

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren’t Flipboard inclined, here’s everything I’ve strained out of the wine-related muck for the week.

A Heavy-Handed Marriage Of White Wine And Oak Endures
Because people like it

Are Wine Choices in the Blood?
Oliver Styles argues it doesn’t matter.

When Critics Get It ‘Wrong’
Be kind, exhorts Matt Kramer.

A ‘Wine Lover’s Daughter’ Savors Her Dad’s Vintage Story
Only tangentially about wine…

Northern California grape growers begin to face smoke taint damages
Esther Mobley continues her excellent coverage.

Understanding Smoke Taint
A good overview.

Purgatory Cellars Makes Wine Using Ancient Croatian Traditions
Amphora wines in Colorado, no less.

Isabelle Legeron Is Leading the Natural Wine Revolution
BonAppetit offers something of a paean.

Wine Country fires destroyed 8,889 structures
The numbers keep rising

Wine thief steals 55 bottles of red from Lake Tahoe grocery
That scarf looked suspicious from the get-go.    

The Rise of Chardonnay in Central Willamette Valley
Elaine Brown looks at Oregon Chard.

How California Wine Country is Rebuilding After the Fires
Slowly but surely.

A Wine Wizard Speaks Luck, Genius And Fortune
Tom Mullen on Henri Duboscq

Winemakers warming to reality of climate change, but issue is sensitive
Wildfires seem constant excuses to discuss such things…

Why It’s Time to Stop Fetishizing Wine Expertise
Interesting article, but are sommeliers are fetishized any more than other craft celebrities?

Is it Better for Wines to Focus on Strength or Complexity?
Does it really have to be an either / or?